October titles for schools & libraries (junior)

Death in the Spotlight: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

Death in the Spotlight: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery

Robin Stevens

Someone will take their final bow...Fresh from their adventures in Hong Kong, Hazel Wong and Daisy Wells have returned to England. But they're not going straight back to school - first they're staying with Daisy's uncle Felix in...

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Wide Big World

Wide Big World

Maxine Beneba Clarke, Isobel Knowles

A beautiful children's picture book about diversity from award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke and illustrator Isobel Knowles.

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9 From the Nine Worlds: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

9 From the Nine Worlds: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

Rick Riordan

An all-new collection of short stories from the world of Magnus Chase! How well do you know the nine Norse realms? Do you get all those heims mixed up? Well, this collection of rollicking short stories - each set in a...

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Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle

Katherine Rundell, Kristjana S Williams

Rudyard Kipling's enduring classic The Jungle Book, is beautifully retold for young readers by Costa Children's Book Award winner, Katherine Rundell.

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Japarrika

Japarrika

Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga, Shelley Ware, David Lawrence

A powerful story about finding the courage to believe in yourself, written by senior students of Tiwi College in collaboration with David Lawrence and Shelley Ware. Penguin Random House will donate all profits from the sale of...

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A Monster in My House

A Monster in My House

Umbilical Brothers, Johan Potma

There's a Monster in my Bedroom. Keep very, very still. Tell me you can see it. It's giving me a chill . . . A funny, charming rhyming picture book about a house full of monsters with an unexpected twist from internationally...

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 Read reviewTales from the Inner City

Tales from the Inner City

Shaun Tan

The visionary Shaun Tan returns to show us the soul-opening work he's been doing for the past five years.

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 Read reviewLouisiana's Way Home

Louisiana’s Way Home

Kate DiCamillo

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo comes a story of discovering who you are - and deciding who you want to be.   

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The Adventures of Catvinkle

The Adventures of Catvinkle

Elliot Perlman

Catvinkle is used to being top cat, completely pampered by Mr Sabatini the barber. So she is horrified when Mr Sabatini brings home a wide-eyed, lost Dalmatian named Ula.Soon Ula is warming herself by Catvinkle's fire....

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Elizabella Meets Her Match (Elizabella, Book One)

Elizabella Meets Her Match (Elizabella, Book One)

Zoe Norton Lodge, Georgia Norton Lodge

It's hard to be good when your head is practically exploding with schemes! The hilarious Elizabella series is middle-grade at its finest.

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 Read reviewEverything I've Never Said

Everything I’ve Never Said

Samantha Wheeler

A powerful novel about a subject rarely tackled - young people with disabilities and the families who love and support them.   

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 Read reviewAll the Ways to be Smart

All the Ways to be Smart

Allison Colpoys, Davina Bell

From the award-winning creators of The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella comes this joyful ode to all the unique and wonderful qualities that make children who they are.    

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Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Anne Frank

June, 1942 -- I hope I will be able to confide everything to you, as I have never been able to confide in anyone, and I hope you will be a great source of comfort and support.' In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942,...

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The Unbelievably Scary Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls

The Unbelievably Scary Thing That Happened In Huggabie Falls

Adam Cece, Andrew Weldon

Sure, Huggabie Falls is the weirdest town on Earth. But when unbelievably scary things start happening, Kipp, Tobias and Cymphany must find out why.

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 Read reviewZenobia

Zenobia

Morten Dürr, Lars Horneman

When the Syrian war reaches Amina's village she's forced to escape, and during her perilous journey she thinks of the brave warrior Zenobia to remind her to stay strong.

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The Moon

The Moon

Hannah Pang, Thomas Hegbrook

In this book, you'll discover the history of man's relationship with the Moon - the science, the myths, the facts and the fiction.

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 Read reviewThe Skylarks' War

The Skylarks' War

Hilary McKay

An evocative and heartbreaking novel of family and friendship in wartime.

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More and More and More

More and More and More

Ian Mutch

Henry Harper loves collecting. One day, while out finding treasures, he discovers Kate. She loves to collect, too! Together Henry and Kate amass an amazing amount of stuff before discovering that the most valuable thing they?ve...

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Frankie Fish and the Viking Fiasco

Frankie Fish and the Viking Fiasco

Peter Helliar, Lesley Vamos

From Australia's favourite comedian Peter Helliar comes the third adventure in his hilarious and best-selling Frankie Fish series! Just when you thought our time-travellers had everything under control, it all comes crashing down...

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Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall

Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Beatrice Cerocchi

Part of the bestselling Little People, Big Dreams series, Jane Goodall tells the inspiring true story of the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees.     

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The Upside-down History of Down Under

The Upside-down History of Down Under

Alison Lloyd

The story of Australia starts with a piece of land that went for a swim. About 200 million years ago it floated away from Africa. Very, very, slowly. It was home to dinosaurs and giant animals, then the first...

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Hilda and the Hidden People (US Edition)

Hilda and the Hidden People (US Edition)

Stephen Davies, Luke Pearson, Seaerra Miller

Meet Hilda: explorer, adventurer, avid sketchbook-keeper and friend to almost every creature in the valley!   

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The Glass of Lead and Gold

The Glass of Lead and Gold

Cornelia Funke

In a land of elves, mermaids and trolls, true magic is where you least expect it... In the snow-covered city of Londra, young Tabetha survives by finding treasures in the mudbanks of the river Themse. On Christmas Eve, a sinister...

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Lifesize

Lifesize

Sophy Henn

Let's go on a LIFESIZE adventure! Step into the book and see how you measure up against some of the world's most amazing animals. High-five a polar bear to discover who has the biggest paw and peer through the die-cut to find out...

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Pretty

Pretty

Justin Sayre

Despite the confident, stylish, and easygoing attitude she portrays at school, Sophie is struggling at home as her mother's addiction worsens.

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Can You Dance?

Can You Dance?

Sally Morgan

A new board book that will get toddlers and preschoolers up off their feet following the actions of the animals featured in the book!

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The Bandit Queen

The Bandit Queen

Natalia O'Hara

O Bandit Queen! the bandits cried. Little horror! Poison weed! We'll give you everything a queen could ever need . . . The bandits give their queen treasure, tigers, mischief and mayhem. But sometimes a little girl needs...

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Truly Tan: Baffled! (Truly Tan, Book 7)

Truly Tan: Baffled! (Truly Tan, Book 7)

Jen Storer, Claire Robertson

'TRULY TAN: BAFFLED! WAS LIKE GOING INTO A LOLLY SHOP FOR THREE HOURS - THAT'S HOW GOOD THIS BOOK WAS' - ELLIE, AGE 11 It is winter in Peppercorn Valley and Tan and her very best friend Gloria go to a bonfire. At school. At...

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Peppa Pig: Peppa Loves Australia

Peppa Pig: Peppa Loves Australia

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When You're Going to the Moon

When You’re Going to the Moon

Sasha Beekman, Vivienne To

Your pet iguana, tap-dancing shoes, an inflatable moose ...What else might you need when you're going to the moon? From an exciting new duo comes a heartfelt story about dreaming your biggest dream and taking it to the...

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The Short & Curly Guide to Life

The Short & Curly Guide to Life

Dr Matt Beard

Why are things the way they are? Why do we do things a certain way? Wouldn't it be better if we did things differently? The Short & Curly Guide to Life poses the thorniest questions and the toughest topics to think about - all...

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Saving Species

Saving Species

Jess French

Tigers, orangutans, pangolins, polar bears, fin whales, bees ... there are so many incredible animals that need saving!

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Claude Adventures

Claude Adventures

Alex T. Smith

A rather fancy three-book treasury featuring Alex T. Smith's bestselling, award-winning canine hero, Claude. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior!

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Maxi the Lifeguard: In Deep Water

Maxi the Lifeguard: In Deep Water

Trent Maxwell, David Lawrence, Peter Baldwin

Maxi joins Buckler Ocean Swimming Club to have a bit of fun with his mates. But then a big prize for the Junior Ocean Challenge is announced. The winner will get money for their club and a day with legendary lifeguard Mick Hawk!...

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When I Was a Child

When I Was a Child

Andy Stanton, David Litchfield

A heartwarming story of the beauty a grandma and grandchild can both see in the world. The perfect gift for grandparent or grandchild to share.

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The Wild Robot Escapes

The Wild Robot Escapes

Peter Brown

The sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Wild Robot, by award-winning author Peter Brown Roz is no ordinary robot.

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Fiona the Hippo

Fiona the Hippo

Richard Cowdrey

Fiona the Hippo, by New York Times bestselling artist Richard Cowdrey of Bad Dog, Marley fame, tells the story of Fiona, the adorable internet sensation from the Cincinnati Zoo who captured hearts around the world with her...

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The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid

The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid

Dylan Thuras, Rosemary Mosco, Joy Ang

Calling all curious kids! It's time to pack your bags and embark on the journey of a lifetime. Created by the same team behind Atlas Obscura, the #1 New York Times bestseller that has over 600,000 copies in print in its first...

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Awesome Minds: Video Game Creators

Awesome Minds: Video Game Creators

Alejandro Arbona, Chelsea O'Mara

Did you know that Nintendo started in the mid-19th century as a playing card company and that the Japanese giant also sold rice and operated taxi cabs? And did you know that the very first video game was called Tennis for Two and...

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Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater (Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Book 8)

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater (Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Book 8)

Dana Simpson

The eighth Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel!

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The Dog that Ate the World

The Dog that Ate the World

Sandra Dieckmann

Sandra Dieckmann's enchantingly nuanced illustrations bring to life a story about the importance of loving support of friends and family in times of crisis.

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Incognito (Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker, Book 2)

Incognito (Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker, Book 2)

Shelley Johannes

Beatrice Zinker's top-secret plan, Operation Upside, is finally in full swing! And she's REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT! But when Beatrice impulsively awards her teacher, Mrs. Tamarack, an UPSIDE of her own-with the words...

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Warriors Super Edition: Tigerheart's Shadow

Warriors Super Edition: Tigerheart’s Shadow

Erin Hunter, James L. Barry

Includes a manga adventure created by Erin Hunter, written by Dan Jolley, art by James L. Barry.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat

Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat

An anthology of beastly bedtime stories for all kinds of kids.

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The Rescue of Bunny Wunny

The Rescue of Bunny Wunny

Emma Chichester Clark

Introducing a feisty new character from Emma Chichester Clark, the highly regarded, award-winning creator of Blue Kangaroo.

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Beware the Deep Dark Forest

Beware the Deep Dark Forest

Sue Whiting, Annie White

Only the courage of a small girl can overcome the dangers of the Deep Dark Forest.

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Toto the Ninja Cat and the Incredible Cheese Heist: Book 2

Toto the Ninja Cat and the Incredible Cheese Heist: Book 2

Dermot O'Leary, Nick East

Toto is no ordinary cat, and she can't wait for you to join her on her SECOND ninja adventure! From one of the UK's best-loved broadcasters.

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Leaving the Lyrebird Forest

Leaving the Lyrebird Forest

Gary Crew, Julian Laffan

A beautiful story about friendship, change and our place in nature, from legendary Australian author Gary Crew.

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Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Flying Lessons and Other Stories

Ellen Oh

Whether it is basketball dreams, family fiascoes, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this bold anthology, written by the best children's authors, celebrates the uniqueness and universality in everyone.

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Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

James Patterson

Albert Einstein + James Patterson = A Must Read!

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The Second Story

The Second Story

Neil Patrick Harris

The Magic Misfits are back in another tale of mystery and adventure from Emmy award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris! A curious visitor. A link to the past. A new riddle to solve ... Leila is a gifted escape...

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Ancient Warriors

Ancient Warriors

Iris Volant, Joe Lillington

Ever wondered what the first weapons were made from, or how the ancient Mongol warriors defeated the armies of China? Famous battles, brave fighters, and ingenious weapons all come alive in this exciting illustrated book, tracing...

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Giraffe Problems

Giraffe Problems

Jory John, Lane Smith

Penguins aren't the only animal out there with problems, oh no...    

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Under the Southern Cross

Under the Southern Cross

Frane Lessac

From the bestselling and award-winning creator of A is for Australia and A is for Australian Animals comes a new narrative nonfiction picture book, which explores Australia after dark.

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Good Rosie!

Good Rosie!

Kate DiCamillo, Harry Bliss

Beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo and cartoonist Harry Bliss introduce some delightfully doggy dogs in a warm, funny tale of a timid pup who needs a friend. Rosie is a good dog and a faithful companion to her owner,...

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Door

Door

JiHyeon Lee

A new title from the critically acclaimed creator of Pool.

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Hilda and the Stone Forest

Hilda and the Stone Forest

Luke Pearson

The city of Trolberg has some dark secrets to reveal... and our favourite blue-haired adventurer is about to discover them!

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Inkling

Inkling

Kenneth Oppel

Mishaps and madness ensue when magical drawing ink comes to life in the Rylance home and 11-year-old Ethan tries to prove he's just as talented as his famous father. A moving but light-hearted story about grief, family and a...

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Secrets of a Sun King

Secrets of a Sun King

Emma Carroll

about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for. Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey - to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly...

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Geronimo

Geronimo

David Walliams, Tony Ross

The brand-new HEARTWARMINGLY HILARIOUS children's picture book from NUMBER ONE bestselling David Walliams. Illustrated by artistic genius Tony Ross.

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The Magic Bookshop

The Magic Bookshop

Natalie Jane Prior, Cheryl Orsini

On rainy afternoons, when it's too wet to play outside after school, Ben goes to his grandfather's bookshop. But with secret doors and passages, and tigers under the floorboards, there's much more going on than Ben could ever have...

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How to Raise Your Grown-Ups (Hubert Horatio, Book 1)

How to Raise Your Grown-Ups (Hubert Horatio, Book 1)

Lauren Child

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent is back in this hilarious and gloriously illustrated book for ages six and up from the superstar creator of Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child.

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The F.A.R.T. Files Book 1

The F.A.R.T. Files Book 1

Dr. Rob Bell

A terrible crime has been committed at the Brownleigh Football Club. Someone has ruined the footy field with deep tyre tracks. And there's grafitti all over the clubhouse walls. The damage is diabolical! Who is responsible and why...

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Here Comes Stinkbug!

Here Comes Stinkbug!

Tohby Riddle

A funny bug story, from the much loved, multi-award-winning Tohby Riddle.  

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Secret Guardians (The Rogues 2)

Secret Guardians (The Rogues 2)

Lian Tanner

Duckling and Pummel are trying to take the Young Margrave to a place of safety, far away from the dreadful Harshman. But they have enemies they don't know about, and all too soon they find themselves captured and taken to the salt...

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Power to the Princess: 15 Favourite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power

Power to the Princess: 15 Favourite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power

Vita Weinstein Murrow, Julia Bereciartu

What if princesses didn't always marry Prince Charming and live happily every after?

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There's a Baddie Running Through This Book

There’s a Baddie Running Through This Book

Shelly Unwin, Vivienne To

A fast-paced story about a baddie on the run and a playful text that invites the child and reader to interact with the book reminiscent of children's classics such as Richard Scarry's Great Big Air Book and Nick Bland's The Wrong...

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The Restless Girls

The Restless Girls

Jessie Burton, Angela Barrett

When the twelve daughters of King Alberto lose their mother, they also lose their lessons, possessions, and freedom but the eldest, Princess Frida, is determined that they shall still thrive in this modern, feminist interpretation...

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BumbleBunnies: The Pond (BumbleBunnies, Book 1)

BumbleBunnies: The Pond (BumbleBunnies, Book 1)

Graeme Base

Wuffle the puppy, Lou the kitten and Billington the duck are playing happily in the garden. But when disaster strikes, who will save the day?

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The Case of the Missing Marquess: Enola Holmes 1

The Case of the Missing Marquess: Enola Holmes 1

Nancy Springer

When Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, discovers her mother has disappeared, she quickly embarks on a journey to London in search of her. But nothing can prepare her for what awaits. Because when she arrives,...

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 Read reviewPages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Book 1)

Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers (Book 1)

Anna James

A captivating, curl-up-on-the-sofa debut about the magic of books and the power of the imagination.

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Lowly Worm's ABC

Lowly Worm’s ABC

Richard Scarry

Learn your ABC from apple to car with Richard Scarry and Lowly Worm!

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